Helping Homeowners Sift through the Ashes in California

When the first sparks of the Dixie Fire ignited in Plumas County, California, in July, no one could have predicted that it would burn clear across the Sierra over the next two months and consume nearly 1 million acres to become the second-largest wildfire in the state’s history.

The conflagration destroyed over 1,300 structures and torched most of the historic Gold Rush-era town of Greenville, reducing it and over 100 nearby houses to ash. One of the homes incinerated belonged to Ken Donnell.

“There’s no ambiguity about my loss here,” Ken said, as he stood among the charred ruins of his property that also previously housed several businesses he owned. Nothing belonging to him escaped the fire’s fury.

When Samaritan’s Purse volunteers arrived to help Ken search through the rubble, he said there was one particular item he dearly desired to find—the wedding ring that his late wife had given to him.

See how God used Samaritan's Purse to show Ken His love as they searched for his most precious possession.